King of Wands, the Wolf

Despite the measured intelligence other creatures might have, we seem to identify Wolves as our closest peers in the animal kingdom. Part of why we seem to have an archetypal fear and attraction to Wolves is because how much their societies seem to resemble our own. The Wolf is a hunter, a nurturer, a protector, an individual, part of a community. Wolves have complex social hierarchies that determines who hunts, sleeps, and mates when. Everyone is to have their place and a way to contribute. We could be so lucky if our own societies were run as smoothly. To truly be aligned with the Wolf means to know one’s place, contribute where you can, and enforce it as best you can. Not everyone is an Alpha. An Alpha is willing to eat last so others don’t starve. They lead from behind to keep others safe. Their power is not about self-aggrandizement, it is about putting the needs of your loved ones ahead of your own so that you all may flourish for generations to come. The mantle of authority is so often abused in human culture that often we fail to separate personal success from leadership ability. To lead others does not mean being a friend or a tyrant, it means to make the most of people’s abilities, keep them in line, and reward them for their place. Put aside thoughts of fame or self-indulgence, now is the time to lead, love, and sacrifice for the betterment of all.

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